Kenya’s Finance Act of 2023 that received Presidential assent last month has placed “unsustainable burden” on citizens of the East African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have condemned police brutality on “innocent Kenyans” in the latest round of opposition-led anti-government protests and called upon law enforcement officers to target criminals, who infiltrate groups of demonstrators.
Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri is calling on political leaders in Kenya to be humane amid political tensions characterized by opposition-led protests that have resulted in multiple deaths, and destruction of property.
The peace initiative that members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are to launch has an objective of facilitating the transformation of factors behind conflict and “curb the perennial violence” in the country’s North Rift region covered by six Catholic Dioceses.
The leader of the opposition coalition in Kenya has expressed disagreement with the caution Catholic Bishops in the East African nation made against the resumption of anti-government demonstrations.
Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have challenged warring politicians in the East African country to front the interest of Kenyans as they work to resolve their conflicts.
Religious leaders in Kenya have lauded efforts made by the Government and the Opposition in the East African nation to halt weekly demonstrations that had routinely been characterized by acts of lawlessness, including property destruction, looting, invasion of private property, and even loss of lives.
Empowering the people of God in Kenya’s North Rift region through formal education and the creation of “job opportunities” provide a long-term solution to the banditry menace that has been going on for decades, the Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru has said.
Resorting to a “stand-off and defiance” on the part of the government and opposition leaders in Kenya will not address the “myriad of problems and crises” ordinary citizens are grappling with, Catholic Bishops in the East African nation have warned.
The President of the Republic of Kenya has hailed Bishop Maurice Anthony Crowley, the first Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale whose retirement was accepted on 4 November 2022, as “a giant of faith”.